Concealer Battle: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage versus Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda

My long-standing holy grail concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This gem is hyped up for a reason. It’s on the dryer side of concealers which means it builds up well and has fantastic staying power. I have it in shade SC-4 and needed a lighter shade. Instead of ordering another one from Sephora, I decided to see what the drugstore had to offer. Popped over to my local Target and purchased the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer palette in Light.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflag Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda 1Laura Mercier Secret Camouflag Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda 2

The consistency of  the Sonia Kashuk concealer is a bit more emollient, and in turn, more easily spreadable and blendable. Both concealer formulas have excellent coverage but with the Laura Mercier one, I do not feel a need to set it. I do need to with the Sonia Kashuk one which is why I love that they included a powder in the palette. The additional green correction shade is nice but the skin tone shades work fine by themselves to cover any hyper-pigmentation left over from previous acne marks.

As a last note, I will say I ran out of the Hidden Agenda concealers fairly quickly while the Secret Camouflage ones will not seem to ever run out, even though I hit pan nearly a year ago. I think both are worth what you pay for them. The Laura Mercier concealer palette is priced higher, but it last longer and does not need to be set while the Sonia Kashuk one includes a powder and is it a drugstore price. It really boils down to what is more important to you.

With that being said, I’m always on the hunt for the next best drugstore concealer so if you have a great recommendation, leave it in the comments!

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Clinique Touch Base for Eyes: Great Primer for Sensitive Skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am most likely in a very unfortunate minority of the makeup wearing population. My issue? Extremely sensitive eyes. I am not quite sure if it is a full blown allergy but wearing eyeshadows causes my eyes to feel VERY heavy and irritated. The worst part is that this reaction developed only a few years ago, right when I was getting started with experimenting with different eyeshadow palettes. I have no problem wearing mascara or eyeliner. But my skin now just does not agree with eyeshadow. But alas, there is hope. And that hope is found in a glorious pot from Clinique. It is their Touch Base for Eyes. After years of trying primer after primer, once I purchased this gem my fears of never wearing eye looks again were allayed.

The shade I usually purchase is Canvas. It is a ‘nude’ shade that provides a great base for eyeshadow. When I make sure to apply it all over my eyelid, paying special attention to the lash line, it provides a barrier between my skin and eyeshadow that prevents any adverse reaction. While it may not have the crease-resistant power of other highly known primers, it is not the worst primer I have used either.

It goes without saying that this may not work for everyone in my situation. But since Clinique is known to cater to those with skin sensitives and allergies, my first thought was that it most likely could not hurt to try. If you or a close friend of yours is struggling with this problem, pick this beauty up and see if it helps.

 

 

Beach Wedding Beauty: Hot Honeymoon!

Flash tattoos and shimmering body oil

So you go all out glamorous for your wedding day (and rightfully so!) but what about the honeymoon? Granted you may not want to pack on the makeup during your special vacation but you still want to look cute for your new spouse. While these products I am talking about are not makeup items, they are beauty items that I brought along with me on my tropical honeymoon and loved them! My husband especially loved them and ever since our honeymoon, likes when I wear them to special events (concerts, date nights, going to the beach, etc).

Flash tattoo for foot

The first item I am recommending are Flash Tattoos. I bought these from Sephora and I got the Sofia style. They are temporary tattoos that look like metallic jewelry and they are so fun! I bought them just before my bachelorette party/trip and shared them with my bridesmaids too. There are plenty of tattoos included in the package and I still have not used them all. They lasted on my bridesmaids for days on end, since they all have dry skin. On my oily skin, they only seem to last for a day or two. Even so I always look forward to wearing them.

The second recommendation I have is a shimmering body oil. I was perusing through my local Ulta and stumbled upon the Physician’s Formula Illuminating Argun Oil. It can be used on your face and your body. I knew I was going to need some moisture put back into my skin since the sun makes my skin pretty dry. The argun oil is great at moisturizing and the shimmer makes your skin look even more beautiful! It is worth mentioning that for both of these items, you do not need these exact brands. The combination of the tattoos and the body oil just gives you that extra something special on your honeymoon!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Norvell Spray Tan Review

Norvell Spray Tan

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For my wedding I got an airbrush spray tan from a local salon. The salon uses the Norvell spray tan system and it is by far my favorite spray/self-tanning system. Combining a brilliant, dark, deep, and natural color with a custom application, the end result is a beautiful tan for your beach or summer wedding. I have always loved the color the Norvell system gives me and will continue to use it when I have special events. I enjoy applying a self-tanning lotion myself but for special occasions, I like to have a professional spray tan. I have also tried the Mystic tanning booth and I do not recommend it at all (uneven application, horrible smell, extremely unnatural color, faded quickly, even more expensive, etc).

Even though I did develop a natural tan before my wedding, the darkest tanning color for the system deepened my tan even more. But you may be asking, “What if I have naturally fairer skin?” Choose a lighter shade and the resulting look will still be a natural and healthy glow to your skin. Both my mother and sister, who are more fair than I am and have a reddish-undertone to their skin, got the lighter shades done for the wedding and it turned out great. While traditional self-tanning lotions/mousse leaves streaks if water touches it before the tan has fully developed, my Norvell tan still looked great the next day even though I accidentally spilled water on myself only a hour after application.

If you would like to have these results at home, you can purchase a Norvell system and learn how to apply it (or make a loved one learn, haha). Or you can choose to go to a salon that uses the system (that is reputable, look up reviews) and get a custom application. The salon I went to is Glow Tan and Boutique in Canton, GA. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, I highly suggest you try out this salon. It is a far drive but completely worth it. The current cost of one application is $30 (plus tip if you want) and that is a reasonable price, especially since most salons are charging $35-$55 for either a personal airbrush tan or a tanning booth. If a party of four or more goes at one time (make sure to set up an appointment beforehand), the cost of the spray tan per person drops down to $25. If you are curious in getting a spray tan, regardless of the brand, try it out a few weeks before the wedding to see if you like the color. If you do end up going with the specific brand, I suggest getting the spray tan done two days before the wedding.

I hope all this information is helpful and look out for my next post which will give suggestions for products to bring on your honeymoon!